I’m putting my cheerleader hat on today to cheer for a local young lady who has made the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee that will be broadcast today at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 with the finals airing tonight at 8 p.m.
Her name is Amber Born. She lives in our home town of Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Amber is 14 and has been home-schooled. It seems that a lot of the young people who make it to the Spelling Bee are also home schooled,(just checked and it’s only about 9% – I thought it was higher!), and I am interested in this method of teaching our youth.
Is home-schooling preferable to public or private schooling outside the home? What are the pros and cons? Anyone out there doing it?
So, you know where I’ll be at 2 and 8 p.m. today. I had to watch yesterday’s preliminary airing of the show on my laptop because it was on ESPN3 which I don’t get on my TV, but I do get ESPN2 and that is where the semi’s and final will be broadcast today. Can’t wait. I love this event.
This is the first year that a vocabulary test with word definitions has become a part of the Spelling Bee. Read a little about that here.
Spelling has always been one of my loves, not that I get even half the words these kids can spell, but I like the challenge of it. They are incredible people. Some big, some little, a lot of in-betweeners, and all of them so intelligent. It’s quite a show if you get a chance to see it. It gives one a good feeling to know there are young people out there with so much dedication to learning.
So here’s a Rah-Rah-Rah cheer for our local young lady, Amber Born, of Marblehead. I’ll be watching and cheering for you today, you can count on that!
Cheers for Amber!
Bex & Co.